India Plans to Train the Untrained Teachers

A government school in Delhi which is mere a building without proper education.
A government school in Delhi which is mere a building without proper education.

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बलिहारी गुरु आपनो, गोविंद दियो मिलाय ।

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While most teachers in India are clueless about the subjects they are supposed to teach, they should be thrown out of their jobs. However, India has embarked upon a weird project to train the teachers most of whom are not even trainable.

A programme of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) for in-service untrained teachers training Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) was launched by India’s Human Resource Developement (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on Tuesday.

While most of the teachers cannot be trained, the government has decided to squander huge public money on the teachers’ training programme.

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In fact, the quality of teaching is so bad in Indian schools that Delhi’s education minister Manish Sisodia recently informed about the schools’ plight to Javadekar.

In a letter written to Javadekar, Sisodia expressed that the education systems in schools are going from bad to worse. “Academic standards of schools are rapidly deteriorating,” Sisodia said in his letter.

Sisodia knows that today the schools are crowded with herds of stray students and illiterate teachers who are having a ball with public money. Teachers are so raw and crude that they are not trained to teach the subjects they are supposed to teach.

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Now, the Teacher Training Programme is designed for all untrained teachers of Elementary Schools and about 15 lakh (1.5 million) teachers have been enrolled so far.

It is an initiative in Online and Distance Learning (ODL) mode of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) for upgrading the professional competence and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based capacity building for teachers.

Prakash Javadekar said that all untrained teachers need to be trained by 2019 while teachers and quality education are the rights of the students.

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